ISIS Kills 11 Syrian Soldiers in Convoy Ambush

17 other fighters wounded in attack

ISIS forces in Syria continue to be an issue, mostly hiding in deserts and waiting for an opportunity to attack. The latest attack was southwest of Mayadeen, where ISIS forces ambushed a Syrian military convoy, killing 11 and wounding 17 others.

The convoy was to be looking for ISIS, but when it got into the desert, as all too often happens, the fighters in the desert found them first.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS has killed 980 troops in the desert since March of 2019. That’s reflective of ISIS, despite not being fully operational in that time, remaining deadly.

In more recent months, ISIS has tried to reassert itself on the desert frontiers, not just with attacks but trying to contest territory. So far that’s failed, but the group has shown an ability to survive in the desert longer than anyone expected.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.